There's nothing quite like Thanksgiving at the cottage, and it's usually the family's one last hurrah at the lake before the cold sets in. While most of us won't be dipping our toes in the water this time of year, a boat ride around the lake is the perfect way to see the fall foliage—if you haven't already had enough of it on the drive up. Yes, it takes a little more effort to pull off a turkey dinner in your cottage's cramped and rustic kitchen, but eating fresh-baked pies and warm apple cider on the deck makes it all worthwhile. Plus, it's that much easier to remember what you're thankful for at dinner time. From cooking the main to making a centrepiece for the table, these tips will make sure your long weekend goes off without a hitch.

For more inspiration, check out these Thanksgiving shortcuts and watch episodes from Cottage Life Television's Dining INNvasion and BBQ Crawl.